Role Of Reproductive Rights In Nigeria

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LAW AND MEDICINE (PUL 404)
WOMEN’S REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS; THE NIGERIAN REALITY
ABSTRACT
The paper attempts to examine the reproductive rights of women in Nigeria. It also analyses the meaning, history of reproductive rights and the legal framework and policy (local and international) established to protect these rights in Nigeria. The paper also attempts to identify the factors inhibiting the protection of the reproductive rights of women in Nigeria
The paper then concludes by making recommendations on the possible ways to safeguard the reproductive rights of Nigerian women.

INTRODUCTION
The issue of women’s reproductive rights is a subset of the issue of women’s human rights particularly in the context of the social and economic status of women and the right to freedom from discrimination. These rights are the most challenged rights internationally, irrespective of the culture, religion or socioeconomic level of the people.
Although reproductive rights apply to both men and women, however, since matters relating to reproduction particularly pregnancy and childbearing mostly affects women, reproductive rights are often tied to women’s rights. In this light, several movements for reproductive rights all around the world have been led by women. These movements have included efforts to gain access to contraception; legalize abortion; reduce maternal mortality; give birth without unnecessary medical intervention; have sexual pleasure and health, and eliminate rape and sexual

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